Rejoice! It's South Park Day folks! Yes, The Stick of Truth releases today here in the UK and we've got another little gameplay video for you. This time Matt's new kid on the block gets kidnapped by aliens, all of whom appear to be obsessed with inserting things into various human orifices. But there's no time to think about that! Poor Randy has been taken as well, and we have to save the moustachioed legend before he's reamed to death.
Not that we get to see such things, of course. We're European, after all; which means our eyes would explode if we witnessed such cartoon horrors. Thankfully Ubisoft censored the truly awful bits to save our retinas from spontaneous combustion. To be honest, that might be a mercy.
Still, definitely consider this NSFW. Thank God It's Friday!Click here to read more...
About time too. Just when our excitement for Watch Dogs reached critical mass, having previewed a production build, interviewed the developers and even tested out the companion app, Ubisoft delayed their anticipated hacking sandbox at the eleventh hour. Then went dark.
The waiting began. The conjecture and concerns deepened. But now we can start to ramp back into hype mode, because Watch Dogs has been officially dated by way of a new trailer! So long as you don't want to buy it on Wii U, that is.Click here to read more...
Our second Dealspwn Playthrough video for South Park: The Stick of Truth takes a brief look at the ways in which players can go about making friends in the little Colorado mountain town, how your popularity ties into Perks, the sorts of upgrades and strap-ons you can add to your arsenal of weapons, and how the Buddy system works in terms of striding into battle with a friend at your side.
Xbox Live Gold members can get some tasty discounts on Ubisoft games this week, with some major savings to be had. As far as I'm concerned, Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger is an essential purchase at £2.49 - I adored every rootin' tootin' second of it. Scott Pilgrim vs The World and I Am Alive also both come highly recommended - one for fans of bleak hopeless improvised survival, the other a 16-bit brawling masterpiece that takes you to retro chiptune heaven. See if you can guess which is which.
Here are the marketplace links including 'odd one out' Call Of Duty: Ghosts, which isn't much of a deal since ShopTo are retailing at £23.86.
*Not a saving! Can be found significantly cheaper elsewhere.
The dastardly Drow Elves have stolen the Stick of Truth and Cartman the Wizard King needs all hands on deck. Only one problem... his best thief is stuck in detention.
Craig Feldspar has gotten himself stuck inside a school classroom with Mr. Mackay, and we have to break him out! Join us for a Dealspwn Playthrough that dives into the world of South Park as we beat back hall monitors, bust through barricades with explosive farts, and use Kenny to summon a rat tsunami.
Well, our review went live this morning (which you can find linked above) and if after reading it you've been swayed to pre-order a copy you're in luck - GAME have thrown a voucher code into the mix to provide the cheapest price around for all versions of the RPG. PC owners will save £7, while console owners will save £3.
As Brendan points out in our review, Obsidian Entertainment have managed to create an enjoyable and authentic South Park experience thanks to the involvement of Trey Parker and Matt Stone. With a combat system that is surprisingly deeper than it appears, it would seem that The Stick Of Truth has ended up being worth the wait - despite the hilarious censorship issues. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!
Having forced us to sit through several nervy months of delays, Watch Dogs is set to reveal its release date very soon by way of a new trailer.
We won't have long to wait... but if you're desperate for new info, you might be interested in an intriguing little slip on the PSN Store.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS4 (reviewed) | Xbox One
Developers: Ubisoft Montpellier
After being utterly smitten with the next-gen re-release of Tomb Raider last month, I was keen to see how last year’s rather tasty Rayman Legends fared on the next-gen machines too. Well, there’s good news and bad news.
There’s a strong argument that that Rayman Legends looks exactly the same on the new consoles as it does on the older ones and there’s no truly relevant new material. But on the other hand, shop around and you can currently buy it for only £7 more than the last-gen version, meaning you don’t have to spend much to finally play a decent platformer on your PS4 or Xbox One.
You’re probably wondering what else you’re getting with the new version? The most-welcome addition is the removal of loading screens, creating a seamless experience between levels. You can probably expect cramp a bit sooner too. Each platform has unique unlockable characters influenced by Ubisoft’s other franchises. The PS4 gets Assassin Ray while the Xbone has Splinter Ray, Ray Vaas, Globox Vaas and some exclusive challenge stages. PS4 gamers can use the DualShock 4’s trackpad to take screenshots or scratch the Lucky Ticket scratchcards and they can play the game on their Vita’s via remote access. If you’re trying to save hard-drive space, the install size from a disc for the PS4 version is 9GB compared to the Xbox One’s 4.3GB.Click here to read more...
Ubisoft have deployed an enormous sale on Steam, slashing the price of dozens of games in a wide-ranging promotion that will run throughout the weekend. Serious savings on major releases and smaller downloadable releases are up for grabs - some of which we've seen cheaper elsewhere, but chances are you'll find something that you've been holding out for; from Trials Evolution Gold (£3.99) to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon (£7.79) and Rayman Origins (£6.49).
To be honest, you're best off hitting the splash page and browsing the selection for yourself (while keeping your massive uninstalled backlog firmly in mind!). We'll keep you updated with any truly standout savings.
Before we begin, there's a simple question that you need to ask yourself: Do you find South Park funny?
If the answer is yes, then all is well. Come on in, kick off those wet shoes, and I''ll regale you with stories from an hour or two spent in the company of an interactive, feature-length South Park episode filled with all of your favourite characters. We'll chuckle about side quests that see you hunting down Man Bear Pig for a super-cereal Al Gore, delight that the game has you trotting about the Colorado town collecting Chinpokomon, and giggle at infiltrating Kenny's garage to pick up some crack from a bunch of addicts for Tweak's dad.
If the answer is no, then we might have a problem, though I'm not entirely sure why you're reading a piece about an RPG based on South Park anyway.
The game opens with a brief character creation screen (The Stick of Truth wins bonus points from allowing me to have an afro -- complete with comb jutting out of the side -- from the start) followed by the arrival of your character in South Park. You're new, a silent amnesiac (a well-worn trope that game takes great pleasure in pointing fun at), you have no friends, and your parents are incredibly insistent that you make some. So off you trot, out onto the streets.
It isn't long before you bump into someone who's also rather eager to make a proper friend or two, dressed up in a tin-foil hat, and stumbling over words in a rather endearing fashion. Butters introduces himself as a Paladin, befriends you on the South Park version of Facebook, and whisks you off to meet his chum who just so happens to be an all-powerful wizard with an affinity for Cheesy Poofs, and protector of the game's eponymous magical totem. Cartman asks you for your name -- a regular feature in RPG games. But the interface doesn't let you, and so after three attempts, and much taunting, Cartman resolves to call you "douchebag" for the entirety of the game.Click here to read more...
Where is Watch Dogs?
Following an eleventh-hour delay last October, Ubisoft's anticipated hacking/driving/shooting/sneaking sandbox has dropped from "Spring 2014" to MIA, with all manner of Wii U cancellation rumours and fraudulent trademark abandonment claims echoing around the deafening official silence. Thankfully a recent investor call gives us a more firm idea of when to expect it, though those Wii U reports do appear to be based around a chewy truth centre.Click here to read more...
Do you suck at guitar? Well, this new Rocksmith 2014 PC deal from Funstock Digital might be able to remedy that.
If you put in the work, that is.
Previously best know for their outstanding array of retro goodies, Funstock have just opened a new digital store, and to celebrate they're selling several games for ridiculous prices, the PC version of Rocksmith 2014 being one of them. Do be aware, though, that you're basically paying for a Steam key, so you'll need to invest in the Real Tone cable before you can start playing, but this is a damn good price, saving you well over a tenner on the competition.
When it comes to showcasing the power and potential of the PS4 and Xbox One, there's only one classic franchise worth bringing screaming into the new console generation.
That's right. Tetris.
Ubisoft have officially confirmed that they're working on a brand new Tetris title for both systems, but we can't help but wonder whether the legendary license will struggle to compete with the biggest AAA franchises without embracing current videogame trends. That's what the focus groups and metrics are telling us. So without further ado, here's a list of cutting-edge features we expect from the upcoming sequel... whether we want them or not...
The Tetritian Empire took everything from Commander Rick Matcher. After watching his family crushed to death by a Line Piece in the Border Wars of 2347, the grizzled soldier finds himself inducted into a shadowy paramilitary group who know, full well, that the blocks will return one day to threaten mankind and her colonies.
That day has finally come. As the evil Emperor Ell-blok leads the assault on the unsuspecting planet Earth, only Matcher and his mysterious telekinetic skills stand between humanity and utter destruction. But will he ever learn the truth about his father and Project Icarus?
Oh yes. That'll do nicely.Click here to read more...
If you're an Xbox Live Gold member, you can now pick up Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon on Xbox Live Arcade. It's ridiculous, bombastic and thoroughly nostalgic in all the right ways - and you'll save twice as much as you'll pay.
Oh my. ShopTo appear to be on the warpath with this deal which is frankly an absolute bargain. You could save yourself just over £10 with this one compared to the next cheapest offer elsewhere.
Despite the questionable change in voice-actor for Sam Fisher, Blacklist was actually an excellent return to form for the Splinter Cell series, with choice of approach a strong theme throughout. With a co-op mode included and the usual Spies Vs Mercs mode, you should more than get your money's worth with this one. Thanks to SuperbJames @ HUKD!
Having discovered a few references to Watch Dogs in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag the other day, we asked whether or not the two games might be connected on a larger sense in the Ubiverse.
As it turns out, they are just Easter eggs after all.Click here to read more...
Rayman Legends makes its legendary way to PS4 and Xbox One on February 28th, Ubisoft announced today, via a new trailer featuring... Snoop Dogg?
We have absolutely no idea why either. In fact, this appears to be an advert for Snoop Dogg rather than Rayman.
Never mind though, because the more people who play this stupendous platformer, the better. Trailer and details below.Click here to read more...
Not long after Ubisoft announced Watch Dogs, rumours and conspiracy theories began to float around that the game was going to be linked to the Assassin's Creed series, possibly even as a full entry to the series' canon.
While playing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag earlier today, I stumbled across some evidence in the Abstergo offices (Ok, less 'stumbled' and more 'hacked') that directly links the two game brands together.Click here to read more...
If you skipped Ezio's last adventure, Ubisoft are willing to flog you a digital copy of Assassin's Creed: Revelations for a paltry £3.38 until midnight tonight. Be sure to use voucher code 10THANKS to get an extra saving - and be aware that you'll need Uplay. Thanks to tehwabbit @ HUKD!
Ubisoft aren't messing about with this week's XBLA sale, which will last until next Tuesday. We're talking about some seriously big deals on seriously big games here, such as snagging Call Of Juarez: Gunslinger for less than £2.50 or Ghost Recon: Future Soldier for a fiver.
Special mention also needs to go to Scott Pilgrim vs The World, which is one of the only truly great film tie-ins ever made. Final Fight fans should buy it, love it and play it in local co-op for the full effect. Here's the list of links and prices: